A first generation American is the child of immigrant Americans, or in other words, the first in a family’s generation to be born in the United States. As a first-generation American, things often are rough – especially when a family is starting a new life in the states.
On September 9, a gas explosion in a San Bruno neighborhood set off a fire that killed eight people, destroyed 35 homes and drastically affected many unfortunate residents in need. A few days later, Aragon students stepped up to the cause by collecting change in water jars in order to aid the victims with an effort organized by Leadership under the slogan, “Give Up to Give Back.”
The leadership posters that decorate hallways, numerous lunch rallies, and spirit days can only mean one thing: homecoming is right around the corner. This historic game against our rival, Hillsdale High School, followed by the homecoming dance has always been an exciting time of year. Year to year, our preparations mostly stay the same. Yet just down the road, our rivals have their own way of preparing for this highly anticipated event.
As the final bell for seventh period rings, sophomore students in Holly Dietz’s English class run up to the whiteboard to write their name down on the “help” list. Like most of the students at school, they want a good grade on their essay and can use all the help they can get. Like Dietz, many Aragon teachers stay after school and take time out of their own life to help students.
WAGMusic, or Wohn-und Arbeitsgemeinschaft Gwatt is an organization based in Switzerland which provides a living and working environment for those who have disabilities. In October, WAG visited Aragon as part of a statewide concert tour. Here are some highlights of the visit, courtesy of photo editor Eric Torres.
Aragon has excellent standardized test scores, high AP exams pass rates, and dedicated students. However, when it comes to style, many believe that Aragon is inconsistent and often mediocre. Junior Dani Cutts believes that Aragon is “not really” a fashionable school. She explains that Aragon “is more focused on academics rather than fashion. Because of that, we see a lot of sweat pants and big sweat-shirts.”
Darkness shrouds the last night of October and only the light from the moon illuminates a crowded street. Thrills and chills fill up the neighbor’s house as they excitedly wait for the knocking of the door and the beaming words of “trick or treat!” Straddling the line between fall and winter, fun and fear, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition.
“Most of them are from people and places,” says freshman Emma Mamis as she held up a collection of bracelets on her wrist. “This one is from a little town in Spain,” she said, pointing to a bracelet given to her by her friend. “And this one says ‘dance’ on it because I like to dance,” she says, pointing to another. We all have that certain object we have a strong sentimental attachment to, whether it be a teddy bear, a baby blanket, a trophy, or even something completely unexpected. Many Aragon students have objects like these that they consider to an irreplaceable part of their lives and are willing to share.
Though scholarships provide great financial opportunities, they can often act as an emotional process for students as they put their full efforts into their applications. However, many of the students at Aragon do not even know about the broad range of scholarships offered to Aragon students. Whether based on academics or creative arts, scholarships that apply to different activities exist by the dozens.
Almost every day, substitute teachers occupy various classrooms and take the place of our absent educators. They have a constant, yet important, presence at Aragon. However, it seems that very few students actually know about neither the substitute process nor the substitutes themselves.
While some students own dogs, cats, or freshwater fish, some, like sophomore Ashley Lentz, have three ducks living in their backyard. A closer look at a few students at Aragon reveals that the variety of pet preferences are not at all limited to the most common.
As the sun beats down on him and his feet pound against the ground, sophomore Jared Dilibero sees two people coming up from behind. They are also drenched in sweat and wearing Aragon track uniforms. Even though they are his teammates and not his opponents, Dilibero’s competitive drive kicks in and he sprints to the finish line. The friendly competition between him and his friends gives him the extra strength needed to excel during the race.